How could we live and work on Mars?

Space exploration and the willingness of humans to live on other planets is becoming a reality. Society has adopted many benefits from space research/explorations and we will continue to benefit from discoveries made. The ability to live on Mars and function as a working society poses many challenges and obstacles.

The use of new technologies such as Virtual Reality provide a mechanism to explore the unknown and to assist in training future space explorers. Data analysis and algorithmic thinking support us in exploring new and innovative ideas of space exploration.

Program Overview

This program explores the challenges of humans living and working on Mars.

Mars Odyssey

Students explore the surface of Mars using Oculus Rift Virtual Reality technology. They experience working in difficult conditions, making repairs to equipment in a virtual space suit. COVID and Hygiene: KIOSC uses CleanBoxes, utilising UV sterilisation of the entire Oculus Rift Face Mask. 

Robotic Engineering

Robots are amazing tools, and being able to send a drone helicopter to Mars is an amazing human achievement. Students code their drone to mimic a real NASA mission, replicating Ingenuity’s flights on Mars.


Students investigate the materials required to withstand the extreme cold on Mars (dry ice). Using STELR housing and data logging equipment, students hypothesize the best insulating materials for colonisation. A nice way to incorporate physics into the junior science curriculum.

Curriculum Focus

Science / Mathematics / Humanities / Digital Technologies